Category: History

NASA Tragedies

This coming Friday, February 1, is the official Day of Remembrance for all fallen United States Astronauts.  The date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the day the space shuttle Columbia had a malfunction upon reentry into the…

Happy Birthday, Vivaldi!

  Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy. Antonio's father, Giovanni Battista, who was a barber before becoming a violinist, taught young Antonio to play the violin and then took him on tours around  Venice playing…

The Iditarod

Today is the beginning of the running of the 40th Iditarod.  This is the dog sled race, that has become a tradition, from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska.   Dog sleds are historically significant to the development of Alaska and…

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

On this day in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. 

I used to use that fact to work with students when they were learning about the calendar and how to count months, days, years etc.  The standard assignment was to find out how old I was.  Yes, it is true that not too many teachers share their exact age with a student, but I have never hidden my age, so this was a natural.  You see, I was born 2 days shy of Mozart's 200th birthday.  

So, the assignment basically included research (they had to find Mozart's birth date) and then figuring out what 2 days shy of his 200th birthday would be.  It was a fun assignment, because even the students that didn't like homework, were always intrigued to try and figure out my age.

One of my favorite Mozart compositions is the Concert Rondo in D.  It is a delightful, light piece of music and was used in the movie called "Hopscotch" starring Walter Matthau

This day in history

November 18 1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica. 1886 Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States (1881–1885), died in New York at 56. 1928 Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.